ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Along with clubs throughout District 43 K, the Madisonville Lions in Kentucky collected approximately 20,000 eyeglasses last year to distribute to communities in need around the world. The Kinross Lions in Michigan helped 37 families in need over the holiday season by providing food, clothing and toys valued at $17,000. In Ghana, the Accra Diamond Lions celebrated World Literacy Day by presenting a junior high school with textbooks. The Colombo Maitland Lions in Sri Lanka held an annual “mega multiservice project,” which included eye screenings, the donation of school books and wheelchairs and a diabetic awareness program. The Rockaway and Garibaldi Lions in Oregon are providing funds to a school district to support a positive behavior reinforcement program. A barbershop quartet made up of Nisswa Lions, the Sightseekers sing the praises of Lions at events throughout their community in Minnesota. In 51 years the Marion Lions’ fish derby in Wisconsin has raised more than $1 million for community projects. The Etobiocoke Queensway Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, has supported Camp Nokomis children’s summer camp since 1954 with fundraisers and hands-on work. The Midway Greenwood Kettle River Lions in British Columbia, Canada, invite the whole community to an Easter dinner each year. By accepting donations of any amount, much of the cost for those in need is covered by those who are able to afford to give more. Lions in District 24 A in Virginia and District 5M 6 in Minnesota went on a two-week medical mission to Burma where 610 eye exams and 118 cataract surgeries were completed. Lions of Zone 6 in South Dakota donated a tractor to an organization that provides therapeutic riding to people with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. In Florida, the Homosassa Lions have collected thousands of books for homeless shelters. District 26 M2 Lions in Missouri spoke to students and higher education admissions counselors about Lionism at the Missouri State Student Council Convention. The Foothills Lions in Alberta, Canada, sorted through 15,000 pairs of eyeglasses in one day for the Canadian Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Center. District 37 0 Lions have shipped approximately 4 million eyeglasses to developing nations since 2003. In Maine, the Phillips Strong Lions raised more than $6,000 from their second annual auction. The Chester Lions Club in New Jersey held a “Stuff a Truck” campaign to help victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes, filling a truck with 13 pallets of household supplies, food and tools. The Santa Fe Lions in Texas donated 98 English and Spanish children’s books to a hospital. In Pennsylvania, the Coraopolis Moon Township Lions donated 20 cases of soup to a food pantry. The Mayville Lions in Michigan helped out at a school assembly where children learned about Leader Dogs, giving out copies of a book about Leader Dogs and pencils. The Sorrento Lions Club in British Columbia, Canada, held an antique appraisal event, flipped pancakes at a Father’s Day breakfast and hosted a Christmas party for senior citizens.
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